The team from NewBranch Community Church arrived back in their homes safely yesterday (Saturday) morning. Friends and relatives were at the airport to greet us, assist us with our luggage and drive us to our homes. The trip itself has come to an end but the changes in us will have a lifetime effect.
Each team member will process their experience in different ways. I (Chris) began processing even before departing Ghana. A trip like this really causes you reflect on what you truly believe, what is important in this life, how does this past two week experience change how I think, worship, love, act, talk, share, work, spend money, and tell others about my faith.
I want to encourage all of the friends and family of our team to be patient with us. We’ve returned to you and are very happy to be with you, but there is a lot going on inside of each of us right now. Our answers to your questions about our trip may be short. That’s only because we haven’t really processed everything yet. Over the next few days and weeks more and more will be shared. I’ll be blogging my own thoughts and asking others from the team some of their thoughts to share with you as well.
I’ll leave you with this thought from Jesus in Matthew 9:36-38 –
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”